Winning team from Alabama School of Fine Arts to compete in elite National Science Bowl

ASFA’s Science Bowl teams. Photo via ASFA’s website

Several students from the Alabama School of Fine Arts Math-Science Department are headed to Washington D.C.! The school’s winning Science Bowl team is set to compete in the National Science Bowl next month. Here’s more about it.

What’s the National Science Bowl?

The U.S. Department of Energy National Science Bowl. Photo via Official National Science Bowl on Facebook

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Science Bowl is one of the largest science competitions in the U.S. During the competition, teams of four students face off to answer rapid-fire questions about math and science. 

The National Science Bowl has been around since 1991—well before this year’s competitors were even born. (Wow, that makes me feel old…).

This year’s National Science Bowl is happening April 30 to May 4. 

Why is it a big deal?


The 64 teams that compete in the National Science Bowl get an all-expenses-paid trip to D.C.—and bragging rights. Photo via Bham Now

More than 3,000 middle and high school teams from the U.S. and Puerto Rico compete in state and regional competitions to advance to the National Science Bowl. Only 64 teams actually get to make the trip to D.C. for the big event.

The DOE sends these elite 64 teams on an all-expenses-paid trip to D.C. for the national competition. ASFA’s winning team is one of them this year!

Congrats to ASFA’s team—both of them!

All they do is win, win, win. Photo via Alabama School of Math and Science on Facebook

The winning team that will be jetting off to D.C. in April includes James Shi, Akshat Yaparla, Carol He, Sofia Rabbani and William Holland.

As it turns out, their main competition was another team from ASFA. The team of Richard Oehrlein, Trisha Bheemanathini, Henna Parekh, Aaron Piya, and Pranav Danasekar came in a close second place during the regional competition in Mobile earlier this month. 

Congrats to all on your accomplishment!

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